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Our Instructors

Vicki: owner, instructor
Certified Pilates Instructor and Owner

Vicki's Pilates full studio training certification was completed in 2005 through Momentum Studios of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has been in the fitness instruction profession for over 18 years here in the Portland area. She started out with the Step Aerobic programs, added Stationary Cycling, personal trainer programs, dance programs, and taught Yoga through Yogafit International. She came to Sellwood Pilates Studio (formerly Imago Dei Studio) as a Yoga instructor and fell in love with the core, strength, and balance challenge through movement that Pilates teaches. After her Pilates certification was completed, she became an instructor and has been teaching here for the past 10 years. Then the opportunity came her way to become the owner of the studio.


Vicki finds Pilates to be the most complete and comprehensive program in keeping your body moving. For over 18 years she has taught and helped men and women of all ages and levels to reach their goals for better balance, flexibility, posture, and mobility using the Pilates method. Each one is "strengthened from the center out".

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(503) 502-5052

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Nobuko: instructor
Certified Pilates Instructor

Nobuko has taught Pilates internationally in the US and Japan. She is drawn to Pilates’ simple but universal style that helps achieve deep, long-lasting results. Movement has always been central to Nobuko’s life. She’s played competitive volleyball, competed in field athletics, and studied and performed modern dance with The Jun Kono Dance Troupe in Japan. As a result, she has become all too familiar with back pain, knee injuries, and shoulder issues. Through learning how to manage her own recovery, Nobuko has developed a keen interest in rehabilitation and prevention.

Nobuko believes movement is the key. Her focus is on mind-body connection and feeling good in daily life. She guides clients to re-educate their bodies and introduces them to new movement patterns – helping them overcome unhealthy habits and build strength, flexibility, and confidence. Her teaching style is a combination of Pilates repertoire and therapeutic method.

She is certified with The Physical Mind Institute, Balanced Body, The Pilates Method Alliance, and she is a Bodhi Suspension System® Master Trainer. She also has Personal Trainer certifications from NSCA-CPT,  and ACE. Nobuko continues to grow her knowledge with ongoing participation in workshops and conferences.

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(503) 502-5052

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Jenny: Pilates instructor
Certified Pilates Instructor

Jenny was born in California but grew up in Lakewood, Colorado. She attended Lewis and Clark College here in Portland where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. After graduation, Jenny worked at KRDO-TV in Colorado Springs as a writer/producer, then at McGraw-Hill as a copywriter, and later at her own business as a freelance copywriter.

She began her fitness career in 1995 when she completed her Group Fitness Instructor certification with the American Council on Exercise (ACE). After 10 years of “gym-y” training, she sought something more mindful and found Pilates. A 2005 National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA) certification in mat Pilates led to a Physicalmind mat and full-equipment certification in 2008.

Now she is here to fulfill Joseph Pilates’ plan for world domination . . . in a non-diabolical, happy kind of way, of course. She hopes her teaching reveals how ideal his exercise program is, and how you can adapt it to your changing physical needs over your lifetime. Yes, lifetime.

While she takes this pursuit seriously, she wants you to enjoy the process of discovery. So come see her and have some fun.

Jenny considers Joe a personal friend, so she might combine her video production and writing background with her Pilates knowledge to make a movie about him. Stay tuned . . .

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(503) 502-5052

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Grace: Pilates instructor
Apprentice Pilates Instructor

Grace Sadie is a lifelong Portlandian with a passion for Pilates. Her love of the Pilates method began at PSU college when she took a Pilates mat class to get an “easy” credit. Grace soon learned there is nothing easy about Pilates, yet there was something so rewarding about those 50 minute workouts. She discovered a body mind connection she had never known before. 

Years later after having a son, her back began to have issues. Her chiropractor gently encouraged her to try a core based workout, aka Pilates. After her first class after years of missing it she was hooked. As soon as she heard about the teacher training through Balanced Body she knew that was what she wanted to do with her life. She has been training for the last two years and now is ready to spread her love of Pilates to you! Please come join Grace for a Pilates workout that will be sure to wake up your core and mind. Hopefully you too will fall in love with Pilates as much as she has!

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(503) 502-5052

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Mary: Pilates instructor
Certified Pilates Instructor

Mary is passionate about Pilates. She loves health and fitness and looks forward to sharing her enthusiasm with you. Mary’s optimism will motivate you to pursue your specific goals. Mary can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle while balancing the ups and downs of life. She communicates her lifelong interest with laughter and a smile.


Mary serves beginners to professional athletes, adolescents to elders and has helped those rehabilitating from injuries to those coping with chronic medical conditions. She can help you increase your flexibility, core strength and back health. Doing Pilates with Mary may help you prevent joint injuries while also helping you to move with greater freedom.


Mary completed her Comprehensive Pilates Instructor Certification training through the Momentum Studio Teacher Training Program in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mary is a certified Health and Fitness Specialist as well as a Certified Personal Trainer. In addition to teaching at Sellwood Pilates Mary enjoys teaching Pilates at Reed College in Portland, OR. Outside of the studio she enjoys her family, spiritual growth and a variety of outdoor activities. She looks forward to helping you achieve your goals for greater health.

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(503) 502-5052

to inquire about sessions with Mary.

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